Gypsy Ray, and Lorna Corrigan in front of the photographs for the InsideOut Global Project to be launched in Callan, Co. Kilkenny on 11, December, 2014, at around 2pm
The Inside Out Global Photographic Project is a worldwide photographic project based in New York City and founded by French artist JR. On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. This project is called INSIDE OUT. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings”, INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
Each INSIDE OUT group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. Nearly 200,000 people from more than 112 countries & territories have participated transforming messages of personal and political identity into works of art. The Inside Out Project has recently assisted the presentation of photographic projects in Kenya, Portugal, Scotland, New York City and Mexico.
Now the Inside Out Global Photographic Project is about to arrive in Callan, Co. Kilkenny! Artist Gypsy Ray’s portraits of the 14 studio artists at KCAT Art and Study Centre were produced as part of the Inside Out Projects. She has teamed up with the KCAT artists, staff and others at the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent and along with the broader community of Callan will be displaying these larger than life size portraits on the 11th of December. They will be shown first outside the Art Centre’s building on Mill Lane in Callan and then in various windows along Bridge Street in the town.
The title for these images is: “WE ARE! We are ARTISTS. No other labels please.” It addresses the issue that artists who also have special needs are always labeled as ‘special’ rather than simply as the artists they are. The artists here portrayed are dedicated practitioners whose work deserves no special status, just the same careful and critical attention afforded to any other work of art.
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I am currently working on drawings in the studio which are based on blind contour drawings or people I know and continued small drawings of close ups of farm equipment with pigments, inks and graphite. Am also exploring larger graphite drawings of animals and new photographic work with the Holga camera. In 2015 the exhibition based on the “Townlands” series will be exhibited at the Old Market Arts Centre in Dungarvan, County Waterford.
New Animal Drawings
Earthworks Work from Kilkenny Arts Festival Exhibition, 2013
A New Earthworks Drawing, 2014
Work from current projects
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Townlands is an ongoing series of drawings and photographs based on the rural landscape. Most recent drawings are under the title: “Earthworks”. which were exhibited as a solo exhibition during the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013. During National Heritage Week, 2010, “Townlands” was presented. Not only did it contain new work by both artists but it also involved the local National School and the community. On the 28th of August there was a forum with Carmel Cummins, Kerry Hardie, Paddy Kelly, moderated by Helen Carroll.
Following is a description of 2009’s exhibition and the purpose of the project.
Alan Counihan and Gypsy Ray presented an exhibition, “Townland” for inclusion in the Visual Art Programme of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2009. The exhibition is part of a new collaborative strand of work ,“Townlands”, which sets out to explore a very specific place, the townlands in the parish of Rathcoole, Co Kilkenny in all their resonant complexities.
The focus is primarily on the “vernacular” history of the townland fields, the names and stories by which they are still specifically remembered. However ’Townlands” is not an exercise in, nor celebration of, cultural nostalgia. Its explorations of vernacular traditions and customs are accompanied by an examination of, reflection on and juxtaposition with, the contemporary practices by which they have been supplanted.
The overall goal of “Townlands” is to re-present local place to local people, among others, by means of a creative distillation, re-envisioning and expression of its folklore. history and contemporary landscape. This re-presentation, through exhibition- and possible publication,- will be in a vibrant and contemporary language, the past of a place viewed through the eye of its presence.
Series of Swimming Drawings and Photographs
I have been a swimmer since childhood and through my early 20’s in rivers, lakes and the waterways made from strip mines in Illinois. Now I swim in indoor pools and the occassional natural body of water. Moving through water was then, as it is now, a cathartic experience and one which brought me a freedom of movement and of spirit.
Swimming seems a metaphor for moving through the stages of my life, encompassing the passage of time, the various events that shape days and situations. Gliding through water without the need to move faster than my body of the day allows, gives me time to reflect. I have grieved in water, felt elated, planned days and work during the rhythmic swimming of laps. To swim seems essential to creative expression.
This series of work comprises of drawings and photographs which I started making a few years ago and continue to this day.
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Gypsy Ray will be working with the Carlow Women’s Network during the autumn of 2014 towards a photographic exhibition to be shown at VISUAL Arts Centre.
Her drawings have been included in several RHA juried exhibitions during the last few years. She has also been an invited artist to the same exhibition. Her drawings and photographs have continued to be exhibited: TOWNLANDS exhibitions 2009,2010, EARTHWORKS solo exhibition for the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013. A complete resume is included on this blog.
During 2009 Gypsy Ray completed residencies for both County Carlow Arts Office and County Kilkenny Arts Office where during both she engaged the communities while focusing on her own artist practice. Ray’s work is primarily informed by and focused on photography and drawing and she has exhibited extensively in both group and solo shows in the United States and Europe over the last thirty years. Her photographic work is included in the United States Library of Congress Collections and the Wellcome Trust Collection at the British Museum in London. Her drawings are in private collections such as: Rudolf and Eva Hetzel, Andrew and Tina Kavanagh.
She taught photography in art departments at third level for 24 years at various institutions including: University of California Berkeley San Francisco Center, University of California at Santa Cruz Extension Programs, City College of San Francisco and Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, USA. She currently is the Arts Facilitator for the Butler Gallery’s 5-6 Women’s Art Programme in Kilkenny, Ireland where she now lives.More of her photographic work and drawings can be viewed on her Flikr site.
This series of drawings, “Concealment”, is deeply rooted in the first hand experience of serious illness, breast cancer, it’s treatment and all else that comes with it. This work began as a private investigation but it has evolved beyond the strictly personal and specific disease.
Each image portrays a human body, although this is not always immediately visible and must be searched out by the viewer. Across the backgrounds I use graphite, lead and coloured pencil to obscure the figure and to create shapes representative of “crossing out” and geometric forms suggestive of medical dressings. It is this tension between revelation and concealment, the gray territory of doubt, which the work sets out to explore.
I need to thank the Kilkenny County Arts Office and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for their support for this specific series